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pain relief straight to the nerves in the spine. This would get me off the 500 painkillers I take a month.

“The NHS have told me this pump is only avail­able for can­cer pa­tients and not those with chronic pain and, when I asked about faster treat­ments for ex-forces, I was told there was none.

“My rheuma­tol­o­gist has told me that the only op­tion I have is to have this pump fit­ted pri­vately but this would cost thou­sands of pounds, which I can­not af­ford on my war pen­sion.

“I asked the MoD for help and was told they do not pro­vide fi­nan­cial help for med­i­cal con­di­tions even though it is cov­ered by my war pen­sion.”

For­mer cor­po­ral Al­lan served with the Royal Scots Dra­goon Guards for 17 years, com­plet­ing tours in the Gulf and Bos­nia.

He was med­i­cally dis­charged in 2004 be­fore get­ting a job as an air­craft re­fu­eller at Glas­gow Air­port.

He added: “I man­aged as best I could with the job but my Crohn’s got a lot worse and I have ended up hav­ing surgery four times on my bowel.

“Now over the past eight years, the big­gest com­pli­ca­tion from my Crohn’s is de­bil­i­tat­ing joint pain all over and it got so bad that I had to give up work in 2015.

“Since then, my Crohn’s has caused me to have fi­bromyal­gia and ad­di­tional chronic pain that lim­its any­thing I do on a daily ba­sis.

“I re­ceive a war pen­sion from the Army and have a dis­abil­ity ve­hi­cle as I am in so much pain I’m reg­is­tered dis­abled.

“I am only 49 and have a young son of 11 who I have to con­stantly dis­ap­point by not do­ing things as I am in too much pain or too tired.

“Peo­ple need to know how our ex-ser­vice­men and women are still strug­gling to get any sort of treat­ment from the NHS or be­ing told to pay for it them­selves.

“Even af­ter eight years of in­creas­ing pain, I am be­ing told noth­ing can be done, prob­a­bly un­til the painkillers do me more dam­age than good. I need some sort of help to bring to light the need for this pump for suf­fer­ers of chronic pain.”

Ex-Army sergeant Calum MacLeod, who runs the vet­er­ans char­ity Who Dares Cares, said: “It’s a dis­grace that some­one serves their coun­try and is then just cast aside when they need help the most.”

John Burns, NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We can’t com­ment on in­di­vid­ual con­cerns re­gard­ing care and treat­ment and would urge Mr Ma­cAulay to con­tact the board so that we can dis­cuss his con­cerns.” BY CHRIS HUGHES DE­FENCE chiefs will do­nate thou­sands of un­used ra­tion packs to help com­bat “food poverty” among the poor, home­less and the el­derly.

Un­used ra­tions will be given to FareShare, an or­gan­i­sa­tion giv­ing food to nearly 10,000 UK char­i­ties, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity groups, home­less hos­tels and lunch groups for the el­derly.

The high-calo­rie packs keep 10 sol­diers go­ing for 24 hours and in­clude break­fast, lunch and din­ner meals like por­ridge, sausages, baked beans, pasta and rice.

They of­fer as many as 4000 calo­ries to sus­tain an ac­tive per­son over 24 hours. Min­is­ter for De­fence Per­son­nel and Vet­er­ans To­bias Ell­wood said: “Ra­tion packs help pro­vide nu­tri­tion­ally bal­anced meals to our armed forces on op­er­a­tions around the world.

“But char­ity be­gins at home and I’m pleased our part­ner­ship with FareShare will make sure no food goes to waste.

“FareShare do a fan­tas­tic job re­dis­tribut­ing food across the coun­try and I’m proud the mil­i­tary can sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in this way.”

About two mil­lion ra­tion packs are used by the mil­i­tary ev­ery year, with less than one per cent of the MoD’s stock re­quir­ing dis­posal.

The ra­tion packs handed over to FareShare are from that one per cent but per­ish­able items or those hit­ting their “use by” date are taken out of the stock­pile and de­stroyed.

The op­er­a­tional ra­tion pack pro­vides a two-course break­fast, lunch and a three-course din­ner, as well hot and cold drinks.

Roger West, of the MoD’s Lo­gis­tic De­liv­ery Op­er­at­ing Cen­tre, said: “I’m de­lighted to be able to pro­vide sup­port for this im­por­tant is­sue and help in some way to tackle food poverty.

“This solution will de­liver food prod­ucts where they are needed while also min­imis­ing waste. Our cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is im­por­tant to us and we con­tinue to ex­plore ways to do more – this is the right thing to do.”

TOUR OF DUTY Al­lan dur­ing his stint in the First Gulf War FRONT LINE In Gulf War and, right, with wife Diane DO­ING HIS DUTY Al­lan, on left, with a com­rade

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